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9/20/2018, 12:27 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Varadkar: No progress in talks with London

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (pictured) stated that no progress was made since March in Brexit talks with the United Kingdom over the Irish border, the BBC reported. Varadkar said, upon his arrival in Salzburg for the European Council summit, that Dublin and the European Union are still waiting for an "acceptable" proposal from London.

"We've yet to see an alternative text from the United Kingdom government that anybody in the European Union finds to be acceptable, that actually satisfies what we need, which is an assurance that there won't be a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, and that that backstop would apply unless and until we're in a position to negotiate a new free trade agreement between the EU and UK," Varadkar pointed out. He added that the EU wants to reach a deal with the UK and it also feels favorable towards a possible transition period for adjustment "to any changes to the rules of trade that are going to take place."

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier that Brussels needs to "evolve" its stance on Brexit talks as London already showed a lot of "goodwill" in the negotiations. She pointed out that the UK did not ask for anything that would violate the EU's previous trade agreements.

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